Forty-nine-year old Liese Healing
has a great story to tell about recovery from cancer second time around, after
surgeons from Coventry used a titanium chain to help reconstruct her jaw.
When her jaw was eaten by cancer,
Coventry surgeons used a bike chain like device to reconfigure her jaw.
She was diagnosed with cancer
last July and she needed this surgery to survive. She had suffered pain in her
mouth and two of her teeth had begun to fall off. She had been referred to the hospital
by her dentist and tests revealed that cancer had eaten up her jaw and what
remained was just half the size of a normal jaw.
She had suffered from ovarian
cancer eight years ago. She was determined to beat caner second time around to
be there for her two children. "At times I did think why this happening to me
again? I'd already had cancer once; I didn't think I'd get it again. I thought
it's not fair - but I also thought I beat cancer once, I can do it again."
The surgeon performed a 12-hour
operation where the diseased parts of her jaw and mouth tissues were removed. The
surgeon fitted a titanium chain after a skin with a vein and artery from an arm
was transplanted to the jaw area. This
revived the blood supply to the tissue in the jaw.